Keynote Speaker on Stormwater Management Featured at RESS Event

Posted on 7/31/2016 4:08:32 PM

Anne Jefferson, associate professor in the Department of Geology at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, will give the keynote presentation for the closing event of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s 2016 Research Experience for Summer Scholars.

Anne Jefferson gives keynote address at RESS 2016 on Wastewater ManagementHer presentation is titled “Stopping Stormwater: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Improving the Urban Environment.”

The program will be held August 4, 2016 starting at 2:00 p.m. at the Hadley Union Building Ohio Room. It is free and open to the community.

A poster presentation from the students in the RESS program will follow Jefferson’s address. Four Indiana County students are members of the RESS program. Download the event program for more information on the poster sessions.

Jefferson is a Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for 2016–17.

Jefferson's research focuses on urban watersheds and stormwater management, hydrologic responses to climate variability and change, and landscape evolution. The goal of her research is to improve the resilience and sustainability of water resources and aquatic ecosystems in the Anthropocene.

Jefferson engages in interdisciplinary collaboration with ecologists, social scientists, engineers, and architects. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S Geological Survey, among other organizations.

Jefferson earned a PhD in geology from Oregon State University in 2006. From 2007 to 2012, Jefferson was an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has been an associate editor of the Geological Society of America Bulletin and she is actively engaged on Twitter

Her keynote presentation will focus on “urban stream syndrome” and issues related to poorly controlled stormwater. She will discuss how the answer to sustainable urban streams depends on the framing context and processes at work, including community buy in and support as well as science.

A total of 25 undergraduate students are part of this year’s RESS program, now in its third year. Coordinated by Justin Fair, faculty member in the Department of Chemistry, the program offers opportunities for students to do research with a faculty mentor in disciplines ranging from biology to chemistry to geoscience to physics. Research projects this year range from water quality around fracking sites to research at a dinosaur quarry in Utah.

IUP’s 10-week program is modeled after the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. In addition to work in the lab, students have the opportunity to present their research to their peers and learn “soft skills,” networking and communications, and resume writing.

Refreshments will be served following Jefferson’s keynote lecture. The poster presentations will begin at 3:30 p.m. with closing remarks at 4:30 p.m.